5-Star Book Review: Animals In My Hair by Mili Fay

Mili Fay has debuted with a wonderfully illustrated children’s book, Animals in my Hair.  814JTeIHVBL._SL1500_

The story is charming, with engagingly illustrated characters, and a clever eBook format.  Mili was kind enough to create videos to help readers get the complete experience her book has to offer.  Watching the videos before I read the book added a lot to the story.

I read Animals In My Hair from the perspective of a parent who has read a lot of books to her children when they were in their younger years, and as an expectant grandmother who is looking forward to reading this story to my grandchild.

I knew right away that this book is a treasure that will be spoken of long after it is read.

 

Mili Fay, a Toronto-based artist, classical animator, illustrator, writer, and singer is an award winning graduate of Sheridan College and Art Instruction Schools. In November of 2011 she created Mili Fay Art to support the world one artwork at a time. “Animals In My Hair” is her debut picture book and her latest work of art.

As always, thank you for reading,

 

Gina

5-Star Book Reviews – “Explosion: Part 3 of the Colliding Worlds Trilogy” by Berinn Rae

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Explosion: Part 3 of the Colliding Worlds Trilogy by Berinn Rae is a satisfying conclusion to the Colliding Worlds trilogy. The author brought together her third couple, Jax and Talla, for another human-alien romance. The romance in the story is secondary to the action and technology elements, which were exciting. I read in a question and answer the author participated in that she was more comfortable with the action and sci-fi elements than she was with the romance. Still, I love my romance, and I was not left wanting.

Love doesn’t come easily to any of the characters in the trilogy, which makes sense considering that earth is dealing with not only proof that there is life on other planets, but that two of those races are on earth. One of those races is “good,” and wants to protect earth. The other is “bad” and has come to earth to take over because they failed taking over the good alien’s planet. The author brought all the stories to a believable conclusion that allowed even more growth for the characters.

I enjoyed every page of this book and I look forward to seeing more of what the author holds in her imagination.

I do think this book can stand alone, but like many other trilogies, you get a lot more from the story if you read them all, in order.

As always, thank you for reading.

Gina

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5-Star Review: “The Enclave” by H.M. Clarke

 

 

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I’ve just finished reading my second book by H.M. Clarke and her range is pretty stunning. I read The Kalarthri first, book 1 of The Way to Freedom series, which was a fantasy suitable for any age. The Enclave is every bit as intriguing and imaginative, but worlds apart. To begin with, I would recommend this for an older audience because of the mild violence and the more sophisticated storyline.

The Enclave is a Sci-Fi space adventure with lots of action and intrigue. The main characters are all very well written and likable, which adds so many dimensions for me. Commander Katherine Kirk is one of those awesome kick-ass heroines you love to read about. She also shows a vulnerability at times that makes her even more worthy of the title of heroine. She has not had an easy time, and she’s not looking for one. What she wants is to make the world a safer place.

If you’ve read Christine Feehan’s GhostWalker series, you will be familiar with some of the scientific experimentation going on in one of the enclaves Katherine works so diligently to defend.

So now, I’m waiting patiently for another book from this series.

Please join me on Goodreads to discuss “The Enclave” if you read it or have read it.

As always, thank you for reading.

Gina

5-Star Book Review: The Kalarthri by H.M. Clarke

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I’ve been particularly pleased to read two wonderful, suitable for all ages, fantasy books in a row. Both are by new-to-me authors. Both are the first in their series. Both feature 10-year-old main characters. Honest, I didn’t plan this. It’s a case of the Universe delivering to me what I like to ask for from a book – good times.

“The Kalarthri” (The Way to Freedom, Book 1), as I mentioned above, is a fantasy about a young girl, Kalena, who is born into a feudal society where she, as second born, is automatically a servant. Neither I, nor Kalena, had any idea of what the future held for her. I braced myself in case I was in for a long, sad tale full of abuse and violence. H.M. Clarke instead delivered a tale that was sugar and spice, where the spice was a welcome accent. The story is highly imaginative, flows well, and kept me interested from beginning to end.

An imaginative tale where Kalena grows in many ways, I highly recommend this book for a parent-child read. You know, where you, and your child, read the same book at the same time, so you can talk about it? Or how about for a family read where you take turns reading aloud?

I invite you to join my discussion for “The Kalarthri” on Goodreads. One of the best parts of reading good books, is reading good books and sharing them with one another.

As always, thanks for reading.

Gina